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Friday, July 13, 2007

Hidden treasures of Action Scripting

There are lots of things in life that get me really excited. If you get me talking about dogs, for example, it'll be hard for me to stop. I'm such a dog person, in fact, that I need a daily fix of puppy love. For some people, it takes coffee. For me, it takes puppies.

So it's hard for me to see my comrades' eyes glaze over when I launch into a doggie monologue. Then again, some people get a real kick out of the mating cycles of Australian insects. Or the latest Star Wars collectibles. Thrilling.

Then there are the script jockeys who watch "normal people" glaze over when they wax on about the joys of scripting. Well, scripters, have I got a treat for you!

Alpha developer Frances Peake delivered a presentation on Action Scripting with Alpha Five at the 2006 Alpha Conference.

Her tutorial included highlights from the Xdialog Action Script genie, when to convert Action Scripts to Xbasic, how to integrate Action Scripting and Xbasic, and more.

The goal: to help Alpha programmers of every level strengthen their Xbasic and Xdialog skills by leveraging some lesser known, but extremely powerful Action Script features.

Frances demonstrated that while you can do great things by coding in Xbasic and Xdialog, you don't have to be a professional programmer to create some pretty amazing applications with Alpha Five's Action Scripting.

Well, the other day a PDF of her presentation re-surfaced in e-mail, and I thought it would be great to share it here. If you're a true Alpha fan, and you're not fully up to speed on Action Script, then put the cup of joe aside -- because this document is all you'll need to rev up your day.

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